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Entomology Seminar

 

Alfred Russel Wallace in the New World: Wallace's US-Canada Lecture Tour of 1886-87

 

Charles H. Smith

Western Kentucky   University, USA

 

Wednesday September 14th

Neil Chalmers Science Seminar Room (DC.LG16)

 

2 pm - 3 pm

 

Alfred Russel Wallace is best known for events that took place relatively early in his life, in connection with his natural history collecting expeditions to South America and Indonesia in 1848-52 and 1854-62, respectively. But after returning the second time to England he lived another fifty-one yearsto the age of ninety in 1913. This later portion of his life was also filled with activity, and even included another lengthy period of time spent out of the country. Over a ten month period in 1886-87 he toured some ten thousand miles across Canada and the United States, along the way observing, lecturing, botanizing, attending séances, and meeting and befriending a couple of hundred leading figures from American science, politics, and academia, right up to President Grover Cleveland. He left a journal of his tour which is most enlightening, and currently under transcription for publication. In this presentation, focussing on the journal, we attempt a return to this late-Nineteenth Century world.

 

Contact: Dr Vladimir Blagoderov, Entomology (v.blagoderov@nhm.ac.uk)

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